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NYC - President's Dinner with Conrad Anker and Wade Davis

“Because it’s there.”

Art Exhibit and Lecture : George Mallory - Ninety Years Later
Presentation by Conrad Anker and Wade Davis
Art Exhibit with original work by Thom Ross and Jennifer Lowe

Join us on June 12th for an evening to honor one of the greatest visionary explorers, George Leigh Mallory, ninety years after he disappeared on Mount Everest. Modern day explorers, Conrad Anker and Wade Davis will recount the history and vision of this unique and incredible man, the discovery of his body by Anker in 1999 and the mystery that endures about whether he was the first man to summit Everest.

Wade Davis has been described as a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of life’s diversity. He holds degrees in anthropology, biology and a PHD in ethno-botany from Harvard University. He is an explorer in residence at National Geographic where he was named as one of the Explorers of the Millennium. In 2011, he received the “Explorers Medal,” the highest award of the Explorers Club. Davis is author of eleven books including, “Into the Silence, The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.” Davis resides on Bowen Island, BC.

Conrad Anker is an American mountaineer renowned for his difficult technical ascents around the globe, including the Himalaya and Antarctica. He has been featured in numerous articles and films. In 1999, he discovered the body of George Mallory on Everest with a team that was searching for the long lost mountaineer. Anker co-authored the book, “The Lost Explorer” with Davis Roberts. He is captain of the athlete team for The North Face and has been widely recognized for his environmental and social advocacy. He is co-founder of the Khumbu Climbing Center with wife, Jennifer Lowe-Anker. They reside in Bozeman, Mt.

Thom Ross has been painting the myths of men for thirty years. His widely collected and regarded work depicts the tales of the “wild west,” the history of baseball and the iconic stories of explorers. His contemporary artwork adorns Safeco Field Stadium, home of the Seattle Mariners. Ross is also known for his installations that depict events in history such as Custer’s last stand. This collection of ten original paintings on canvas depicts and honors George Mallory, Sandy Irvine and fellow Everest climbers in 1924. Ross is a resident of Santa Fe, NM.

Jennifer Lowe has been painting the wildlife and mythical west for over twenty years using the colorful folk art medium of livestock marker on paper. Her works have been shown throughout the west and collected widely. Lowe is president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation created to honor her late husband. She married Conrad Anker after Lowe’s death in 1999 and authored her memoir, Forget Me Not. For this show, Jennifer has created seven original pieces that depict the wildlife and images of Nepal.

The Khumbu Climbing Center was established by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation in 2003. The goal of KCC is to promote safe technical climbing and educate indigenous Nepali High Altitude climbers. It is safe to say that the Sherpa people have aided in one way or another on every successful ascent of Mount Everest. As a culture, the Sherpa have benefitted from the economic boon of Everest but they have also suffered great loss of life since the first attempts were made to climb the peak. Visit to learn more about KCC and other ALCF projects.

Fifty percent of all sales of original art will benefit the Khumbu Climbing Center.

Date: 06/12/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner, 8:00pm Presentation

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:


Cancellation/”No Show” Policy:

* If a reservation is canceled after Tuesday, June 10th there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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